Monthly Archives: March 2019

Wolf on Mt. Hood Found Dead

photo by ODFW

by Shannon Perry

A year-and-a-half old male wolf from the White River pack on Mt. Hood was found dead. There were no poisons or lead present in the wolf, but his paw was injured. He had been fitted with a radio collar, and it’s possible the wolf was injured during the capture process. He was very thin.

The population of wolves in western Oregon are still protected. Those east of Highway 395 are not. This is still a fragile group, and the Oregon wolf conservation plan is missing protections, as has been previously covered in the blog. A decision is expected in March, minus environmental groups that left in protest. Let’s hope the wolf pups born to this group fare better.

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The Year of Coexistence

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March 30, 2019

By Shannon Perry

Some of us feel we’re in the movie Groundhog Day.  We keep waking up to the same hellish morning with the current administration pulling a new stunt more horrific than the last. 

In contrast, Defenders of Wildlife has declared this the year of coexistence. Each month a different animal is highlighted. Imagine if this were the principal guiding federal policy.

I know I’ve missed a couple months, but those of us in the Gorge were hibernating. Spring is here, and I return to my blog!

Quick update if you haven’t seen that new wolves have been spotted around Crater Lake. They’re calling them Indigo Wolves which I find rather poetic. Their tough stubbornness to survive despite bad odds and policy moves me greatly.